We’ve spent the last 3+ months overhauling the garden apartment, sacrificing nights, weekends and a whole lot of sleep to bring this dated unit back to life. As two people that like to take their time with renovations, this has been the fastest whole-home renovation we’ve ever done, and our bodies are feeling it. What we thought might be a small-ish job escalated into something quite larger, but in the end, we think it was worth all the blood, sweat and tears (and boy, did the garden see all of that)! Easy to say now that’s finally complete, huh?
If you’re just joining us or have somehow stumbled across this page (hey, hello!), here’s a quick recap: We live in a Chicago two-flat and rent the lower level apartment – our lovely little garden – to tenants. After four years, our former tenants have moved on, and their farewell was the push we needed to whip the place into shape before handing over the keys to future tenants! Over the course of this summer, we’ve flipped that little apartment on its head, and for the first time since living in this home, we feel that we’re giving our future tenants a peaceful, functional, welcoming slice of the city to call their own.
In this video tour, we’re sharing the full reveal of the garden apartment, feeling giddy and sleepy and excited and so, so happy to stick a fork in this one. Let’s go!
You can find even more background on the garden apartment, starting with this introduction from four years ago, the progress we made back then, and our (round one) before and after. To see our starting point this year, make sure you check out the full tour in this vlog!
Music is Spring Clapping by Tiny Music, and this vlog was filmed and edited by us, Kim + Scott. It’d sure make our day if you subscribed to our YouTube channel!
The complete monster list of our garden projects is listed below. Simply click on any thumbnail to take you to the original post (and if you’re viewing this in a reader, you may need to click over to view the images):
And finally, a source list!
MAIN LIVING SPACES: wall color is Sherwin Williams Basalt Powder | tile floors | motorized solar shades | entryway hooks | LED recessed lighting | ceiling fixtures (bases spray painted matte black) | door knobs // KITCHEN: wall color is Sherwin Williams Basalt Powder | cabinets | refrigerator | dishwasher | range | range hood | sink | pull-down faucet | countertops | subway tile | drawer pulls | finger pulls | sconce | LED Edison bulb // BATH: wall color is Valspar Ultra White | Faucet | Vanity + bin pulls | Mirror | Sconce | Marble shelf | Shower curtain | Vintage towel hooks // LAUNDRY: wall color is Sherwin Williams Sea Salt | cabinet | finger pulls | shelf | sconce